More than $11 Million in CalTrans Funds Allocated to Monterey County
May 24, 2012
More than a year after a lane of Highway 1 collapsed into the sea, $10.5 million in California Transportation Commission funding has been allocated to help stabilize the segment of road near Bixby Bridge. The project entails constructing a 600-by-36-foot viaduct in the eroded hillside.
The project was announced Thursday as part of a $1.7 billion package for projects across the state, including nearly $800 million in federal funds. “The benefits these projects bring to California are a huge boon to the economy, and the investment in our transportation system will continue to serve motorists for generations to come,” Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said in a statement.
In addition, $285,000 was allocated to create bike lanes on Blanco Road west of Salinas, a project that divided the Board of Supervisors late last year as the funding deadline approached.
Another local project, spanning San Benito and Monterey counties, received $732,000 in CalTrans funds. Stretches along highways 68, 101 and 183 will receive new sidewalks and curbs.